da Lunedì, Febbraio 1, 2016 a Mercoledì, Febbraio 3, 2016

Karel Schoofs Oboe

Karel Schoofs
Having trained with Jan de Maeyer, Luk Nielandt and Louis Gilis, Karel Schoofs graduated from the Royal Conservatoire  in Antwerp with flying colours. After this training he further developed his skills through masterclasses  with Jean-Louis Capezzali and Yván Fischer to name just a few.
Only in his twenties, Karel joined the Royal Flemish Philharmonic until 1996, when he was appointed principal oboist in the
National Orchestra of Belgium with music directors Simonov, Mikko Franck and Walter Weller. In 2008 Karel crossed borders to adopt the same position in the Rotterdam  Philharmonic,  this time working with Valery Gergiev and Yannick Nézet-Séguin and making his debut as a soloist with works by Mozart and Bellini in 2010. In this respect it is also worth mentioning that 2014 will see Karel perform  the Dutch premiere  of James MacMilan's  Oboe Concerto. Besides,  as a soloist he also played in the Chamber Orchestra of Belgium during the Flanders Festival, in the ranks of the Brabant Orchestra and during the Expo 2010 in Shanghai, China.
Subsequently,  it is no surprise  that in the fields  of chamber  music  Karel  earned  his stripes  as well: Oxalys,  the Danel Quartett, the Cobatimento Consort Amsterdam and I Solisti del Vento are but a few of the ensembles to have taken delight in his expertise  and knowledge.  Besides, Karel is a founding  member of the MP21 Ensemble  and a regular guest at renowned events such as the Storioni Festival and the International Chamber Music Festival Schiermonnikoog.  In 2007, Karel met harpist Anneleen  Lenaerts  (Vienna  Philharmonic)  and they have  been  a musical  duo ever since.  Karel  also regularly  gives  master classes as well as audition training.
Finally,  every  now and then Karel thinks  effortlessly  out of the classical  box. He truly enjoyed  working  on two theatre productions:  Rhyming Life and Death (2009)  and  Water Music (2012).  In  the  Dowland Project (2011),  Karel  played  his instrument jazz style. From September 2013 Karel teaches at the Royal Conservatoire of Brussels and The Hague.